Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Still around

I haven't disappeared! I'm still here, and still working and everything. I am now starting the phase of the summer that I've been talking about. My Motorcycle Rally -B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S. Nationals is TOMORROW!!!! I'll be gone until Sunday for that. Then three weddings the next week, and two the week after, Plus a wedding to GO TO the day after that last wedding. So you probably won't see me much at all for the next couple of weeks.

SO don't take off on me the next couple weeks cause I'm probably going to be needing your motivation when I get back. I'm TRYING to stay exercising but it's hard right now knowing what I need to get done. I DID get out and run three miles today already, so today should be a great day!

Friday, July 22, 2011


Ok, today is a quick post. (at least let's hope so) I'm up in MT at my parents again, and this time when I come home, It'll be kidless. The grandparents are taking my little rugrats for THREE WEEKS!!! I hope I can handle this!! Anyway, while I'm here I'm not going to be doing much working out, but my mom wants me to move some rock for her so that'll be a good ST exercise. I'm headed to the Ronnie Dunn (Dunn from Brookes & Dunn)  Concert tonight, so that will be fun. Brewfest tomorrow, so that should be fun. Home without kids on Sunday!! OOFTA. Also, while I'm here, we (mom and I) are going to pick up a couple of good vegetarian cookbooks.

So, I've had a revelation about what is going on me, and that lack of determination. It's quite simple. It's not new anymore. I love exercising, so that's fun. But the "Shiny" part of the whole experience is now gone. I'm feeling basically in between. I'm feeling good, and looking better. I want to feel better and even better, but I'm happy where I'm at now too. So that makes the experience a little less "shiny".  Maybe this new vegetarian outlook will make things brighten up. Also, I'm going to have to have some awards or steps, or well, anything to "shine" up the road.

Well, gotta go. My (soon) 4 year old is coloring on my 2 year old.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday Weigh Day

Well, let's cut to the chase - Last week was 173.8. Now it's back up to 175.2. I'm not a happy camper. You all know why. I'm not shocked to see the loss wasted. I'm disappointed in myself. I do have to shrug it off now though. You all are right, it's healthy habits we're forming, and an overall sticking to the plan.

I'm headed back to my parent's house today up in MT, and I'm excited to be 20 lbs lighter than the last time, even if I didn't make my goal of 30 lbs gone.

I'm going to try something new this week. I'm going to be a NO girl when it comes to food. I'm so good at saying NO to everything else in this world. Why can't I say NO when it comes to food? The one time I should actually be saying NO, I keep saying YES.
"Would you like 2nds?"
"Would you like this sugary snack right before bed time?"
"Would you like to have some of these fried bean burritos from the deli?"
(disgusting, I know, but I LOVE me some old nasty burritos drenched in ketchup.)
NO  NO  NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This week, we are saying NO to unhealthy, and unneeded food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Well, I'm definitely disappointed in myself. I've kept up with my exercising. I've even made "Rabbit" on my Mytrak. But my eating is horrible, terrible, no good, and very bad. I keep kicking myself, and eating more crap, and kicking myself again. It's a vicious and ridiculous cycle. How stupid can I get? I know I want to loose weight. I know I gotta exercise. I know I gotta eat right. But, NOPE. It reminds me of the old saying; "The definition of Insanity is repeating the same action expecting different results."

I could have seen the 160's now. But I'm looking at approximately the same weight I have for the past two months. That's just sad.

On another note, My wonderful husband has developed Gout. Can I tell you how excited I am!!! It makes sense. He has Kidney disease, and has a problem with cleaning proteins out of his blood. So having a build up in protein has lead to Gout. What's this mean? NO MORE MEAT AT HOME. I've done AMAZING at cutting out red meat. We have a steak a couple times a month, and hamburger very rarely (mostly turkey burger). But that means I've replaced all the red meat with Chicken. Is it ok? I looks like that's a NO! So, I have to readjust everything again, and start cooking meatless meals. I'm a bit excited about it though. I've been meaning, and wanting to do it for a long time. So, I've got to go find me a good vegetarian cook book and get my whole family healthy.

Now I'm going to end with some pics from our family hiking trip on Sunday.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Weekend Breakdown

Ok, Ok. I know that I basically drop off the edge of the earth when it comes to weekends, and I'm sorry about that. But you all know that I decorate weddings, and usually they are on Saturdays. Then I reserve Sundays for my wonderful husband. Sorry that I'm not around, but I gotta have some time for the family.

So, let's start with Saturday! WOW, did we work hard. We had an outside wedding, and it was SPECTACULAR!!! Red and Black. My favorite classic colors. Here's a couple of pics.

88 Double Chair Ties = a TON of work. It may not seem like a lot, but it took about 2 hours for me to tie all those chair ties.

Yesterday, Sunday was an INCREDIBLE family day. After putting away the wedding, and dropping off my help, and picking up my hubby and kids (who went to the lake while I worked!). It was about 1 am. LONG DAY! We woke up very late, and that was nice, I made the family some waffles!! As we were eating my wonderful husband decided he wanted to take the kids hiking. My jaw dropped! He loves hiking and always talks about it. But that's usually as far as it goes. Not yesterday! We were up at the trail about 11:30am. Yes, it was hot, but it was a lot of fun. We ended up about 2.5-3 miles back. My 2 year old rode just about half way on our shoulders, but overall did great. My 4 year old (4 next week) was running basically the entire way. SHE LOVED IT!!! I do have some pics, but the camera was left in the car. I'll have to download them later and post them.

OH! And we passed two guys who were visiting from Pennsylvania. One of the gentlemen was 90 YEARS OLD!!! Wow, he looked good! Sweet men too.

Once we were home, we mowed the lawn and took our exhausted butts to bed!! We were all in bed by 7pm!! But it really was a great family weekend! There was a lot of activity, and a lot of togetherness!!! What a GREAT weekend!!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thursday Weigh Day

Ok, let's just cut to the chase, I got a TON of work to do.

Last week I weighed in at; 175.4
Today's weight is 173.8
I'm loving it!!! I like seeing such a great loss for a week. The reality is, however, I'm not going to make my initial goal of 165 before July 28th. I'm still striving for 167, but I'll be damn lucky to see the 169 mark at this point. That's ok though. I'm not beating myself up about it. The scale is definitely moving in the right direction, and that's what matters most.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I can't say that I'm very motivational today. In fact, it seems that today should be a pity party in my house. I have no reason to feel this way, but today is definitely what I would consider a dark day. I want to sit on my couch, eat popcorn, and feel terrible for everything and nothing at the same time. I hate these days. They seem to follow a cycle. Every couple of months I get angry, and depressed. If you've known me for very long, or read my story. I used to let these times overcome me and take over my life.

But not today dammit! I can not waste my time like this anymore. Last night I almost did let it over take me. I sat in front of the TV, I felt sick, and simply depressed. Even this morning I turned off my alarm and didn't go running. But overall, I am lucky. A few years ago, I literally beat myself up and recognized these dark days. I consider myself lucky because I have become able to see my dark days coming and have learned to head them off. Never without support, and at first not with out medical help. But now I have a great support system, and a great routine to help me through.

So, this morning I got up and weeded my garden. And right before lunch I got up and went for a hard, but good run. I thought to myself, "well, looks like I got two options right now. Turn into a buttercup, or start to suck it up." It looks like it's going to be a rough next few days, that's ok, cause I'm worth it.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Lately I've had a bad habit of forgetting to use my MyTrak. It's actually pretty sad because I've forgotten enough that it's kept me at a Penguin level of activity. That means that according to my MyTrak, I occasionally do light activity throughout the day. This is totally and completely not true. I exercise a minimum of 4 days a week. There's got a to be a way to edit activities, especially when you do something like water aerobics (which I did last night) where you can't wear the devise. Also, and I'm not sure what's going on, but it's saying that my exercising is "not intense". No offense to the devise, but running 11-12 min miles, 3-5 miles is pretty intense for heart health. Not sure why there's a problem there, but I have to admit that is a little annoying.

On another note, today I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill. I ran 3 miles at 12 min mile, and 1 mile at 11 min mile. I'm definitely happy with that. It was hard, but not REALLY hard. I felt quite strong throughout the entire time. The worst part about running on the treadmill is that you get no breeze to keep you cool, and I totally overlooked claiming a fan until I wish I had one about 1.5 miles in. Other than that, things were good this morning. I feel really good about my weight loss this week. Totally positive.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Toe Tappin Machine!

Ok, I'm sorry but I gotta admit. The best advise I got for helping to prevent shin splints has got to be to tap my toes. Since I've started tapping my toes, I haven't had any shin pain!! WAHOO!!! I tap my toes about 50 times once or twice a day, and I tap my toes right before I run to warm up. I have had no pain since!!! AWESOME!!!

I had another early morning run, and I loved it. I started off too fast, and I knew it would catch up to me, but I really didn't care. I felt great! I felt really good almost all the way through, but my time wouldn't show it. AND, I drove the exact distance, and I've been counting it as a half a mile to and from my house to the running path, when it's actual .85 miles. I also found out that one stretch of the running path is actually.6 miles instead of .5. SO, I'm counting that as a whole mile!!! The best part about this whole day is that I get to add ANOTHER 4 miles on my count! It's a great day, and it's only 9am!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thursday Crazy Day

Well, First of all, today is Weigh Day for me.
Last week I was 177.2. This week I weighed in at 175.4. So, I'm back to where I was before I gained (3 weeks I think). I feel stuck, but I know it's because of the weigh I'm eating. I really need to get back into control. The good news is that it's two pound toward my goal. I WANT to be 165 by the end of the month, but I actually weighed in the day I got married at 167, so I'll take that!

So, Yesterday was so crazy and full of stress. I totally immersed myself into working out. I got up early and ran, went to the gym and lifted some weights. Went to yoga early, did some power walking, then hit the Yoga class. To top it all off, I didn't sleep very well. I've had to deal with a lot of drama lately with another person, and it's taking a tole on me and my Wonderful husband. The good news is that it definitely racked up some miles toward my Mile Challenge, but I definitely need a night off from the real world. I'm hoping to put the girls to bed early tonight, and curl up next to my husband in bed with a movie. Tonight is a great time for a night off.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Up & At 'Em!!!

So I'm so proud of myself!! I got up this morning at 5:45 am and went on a 4 mile run! It was an ok run, but SO much better than it's been when trying to run later after it already gets hot. The only bad thing (TMI WARNING, Plug your ears if you don't want TMI) is that half way through, I had to HURRY home because I had to make a pit stop. I know, ridiculous! But it helped my time A LOT!

So, after I got my run in, I went out and weeded half my garden. AND, I also hit the gym already this morning for about 30 minutes. I did 5 upper body Strength Training exercises.

I have done so much today already! I feel like a beast. I hope I keep this energy throughout the day cause I still have to iron the linens for this weekend's wedding, and clean my kitchen.


HEY YOU!!! Yeah, that's right, I'm talking to you. Do  you need a little motivation. Check out this post Meghan just read. Nothing but motivation there!!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

100 (200) Mile Plan

As you know, I've pledged 200 miles in the next 90 days with the 100 Mile Fitness Challenge. Due to the holiday weekend, I'm starting off a little behind. That's ok though. I've determined that I  need to average 16 miles (including workout "mileage") a week. I know I can do this! That's actually quite a bit of exercising. Right now I'm thinking; "What was going through my mind." But seriously, this is going to be very good!!! I'm excited. I'm excited to see a bunch of people joining me on this challenge. YAY!!!

Well, I'm ending this with a HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY to all my USA blogging friends.